Posted by: r.m. | June 9, 2009

democracy and wealth?

I am reminded of the words of US Supreme Court Justice Brandeis. It applies to Lebanon, and not only the US: “We can have a democratic society, or we can have the concentration of great wealth in the hands of the few. We cannot have both.”

Jeff Blankfort told me just now that, “Ironically, it was Brandeis, the foremost American zionist, and a close friend of Woodwrow Wilson who appointed him supreme court chief justice, who reportedly influenced  WW to join WW1 on the side of Britain when the latter apparently had lost the war and the Germans were ready to sue for peace. The reward, according to someone who participated with Weizmann in the negotiations as well as a statement by Foreign Minister David Lloyd George at the time, was the Balfour Declaration.”

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